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VoIP Evolution releases SMB Video Conferencing Report

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Want to know more about SMB video conferencing? Robert Poe has just released a 31 or 32 page report “SMB Video Conferencing: Getting Beyond Clouds & Interoperability.”

The report surveys 10 companies “to Watch” and compares 16 cloud solutions in a matrix to clarify strengths and weaknesses.

A complete description of the report [...]

Some things you just can’t DO via telepresence

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Polycom sage Jeff Rodman (@jefferyrodman) and I swapped around tweets last week about things you just can’t DO via telepresence these days. 

My brag was witnessing the last launch of the space shuttle program, STS-135 Atlantis last week. (Yes, like any good gawking media person, I took pictures and video. You can see [...]

Avaya & Skype announce "strategic partnership” … of a sort

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Avaya (www.avaya.com) and Skype (www.skype.com) announced much big love and a strategic partnership today.  But the meat of the agreement won’t be implemented until the second half of 2011. And it’s not exclusive.

In “Phase 1,” Avaya customers will have “access” to Skype Connect, so anyone running a SIP-based IP PBX will be able [...]

Polycom, Microsoft embrace over UC

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Polycom (www.polycom.com) and Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) have declared their love, er a “global strategic agreement” for developing and marketing “integrated,” standards-based unified communications (UC) solutions.

The agreement makes Polycom a member of Microsoft’s “key strategic global alliance” for UC; both sides will invest in product development, sales, and marketing.

Polycom will develop a broad [...]

CounterPath upgrades Bria

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CounterPath (www.counterpath.com) has released Bria 3.1 for the Mac and Windows.

The latest version of the VoIP soft client includes support for multiple accounts. Users can select on-the-fly which account to use for voice, IM and HD video calling, regardless of the type of network (wired or wireless) in use. Bria 3.1 also includes [...]

Unified Communications Interoperability Forum formed

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HP, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, Logitech/LifeSize and Polycom have formed the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF). The organization (www.ucif.org) “seeks to unify” the fragmented UC ecosystem by enabling standards-based inter-vendor UC communications interoperability – i.e. what enterprise customers really want.

Other companies signing up for the effort include Acme Packet, Aspect, AudioCodes, Broadcom, BroadSoft, Brocade, [...]

Logitech buys videoconference hardware firm LifeSize – is this a good fit?

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Logitech, best known for its PC add-ons such as keyboards, mice, and *ding*ding* video cameras, has gone upscale, purchasing videoconferencing hardware firm LifeSize for $405 million.  Does it make sense? Time will tell.

LifeSize has been targeting its high-end HD video telepresence and videoconferencing solutions squarely into the enterprise space, undercutting the likes of [...]